Info-porn

26 Jun

This past week has been filled with many juicy, overly sensationalized news stories ranging from the infidelity of Governor Mark Sanford  to the death of Michael Jackson to the divorce of Jon and Kate.

The fact of the matter is that there are far more important things happening in the world but the news media, in its omnipresent self interest needs to feed the masses the things that we thrive off of, feeds us trash. I will be the first to admit that I’ve sat in front of the boob tube consuming hours and hours of “live coverage” of things like the death of Anna Nicole Smith and the short jail stint of Paris Hilton. Guilty as charged. It’s not because I like these people, or even care about them, its that I am starved for information and all I am fed is info-tainment. It’s akin to being malnourished and only being fed M&Ms.

Thanks to the latest batch of political scandals from the likes of Senator John Ensign (R-NV…gotta be proud) and Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC) I, along with the rest of the nation, have been privy to the intimate details surrounding the aforementioned extramarital affairs. The way that people are rabidly devouring these tidbits of information has caused me to raise (or lower) the level of the 24 hour newsmedia to “info-tainment” to “info-porn.” Info-porn is crass, dirty, and consumed, like crack, by the masses. While the intimate details of Governor Sanford’s affair may have proven to be hilarious in nature (my personal favorite is “I love your tan lines”) it is frankly none of my or anyone else’s business. But since it’s interesting, they run them… constantly… for hours on end. I know that the networks need to make money, I only wish that fact didn’t mean compromising the integrity of the news that they report.

My personal beliefs about the freshest batch of philandering Republicans is this, when you sit on a high horse and judge everyone by your “superior morality” you had better be sure to judge yourself by such standards. I don’t REALLY care that Ensign and Sanford are Republicans (although it does make this whole thing MUCH less embarrassing for me) the thing that I care about is that these men are the ones who touted the sanctity of marriage yet did not uphold the sanctity of their OWN marriages. They used their “moral superiority” to oppress those whose only wish is to be with the one they love with all the rights and privileges that are associated with the title of marriage. Hypocrisy has been the norm in politics for far too long, although I don’t think that it will ever go away. It is the responsibility of the media to keep the politicians in check. To keep an eye on Governors who disappear to Argentina for 5 days, to make politicians feel a sense of responsibility to their constituents to NOT SCREW UP.

The solution? Read the Times, listen to NPR, watch BBC News and above all, don’t believe the hype.

2 Responses to “Info-porn”

  1. Jean Marie June 26, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    well said!

  2. Geo Hughes June 26, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    May not agree with everything, but LOVE it that you are putting it out there – way to go!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: